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CI Selection Committee in Brussels to Review Galleries for the 11th Edition of Fair

Bringing together reputable professionals and opinion leaders of the art world, Contemporary Istanbul Selection Committee gathered on April 21 in Brussels to review an extensive list of galleries from a wide geographical spectrum for the 11th edition of the art fair. Nicholas Baker (Programme Director, Simon Lee Gallery); Andrea Bellini (Director, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève); Haldun Dostoğlu (Founder and director, Galeri Nev); Gregor Hose (Director, KÖNIG Galerie) and Marc Olivier Wahler (Curator and critic) met to discuss the participation of the galleries that have applied to take part in the upcoming edition of Contemporary Istanbul, which takes place from November 3-6, 2016.    
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Bringing together reputable professionals and opinion leaders of the art world, Contemporary Istanbul Selection Committee gathered on April 21 in Brussels to review an extensive list of galleries from a wide geographical spectrum for the 11th edition of the art fair. Nicholas Baker (Programme Director, Simon Lee Gallery); Andrea Bellini (Director, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève); Haldun Dostoğlu (Founder and director, Galeri Nev); Gregor Hose (Director, KÖNIG Galerie) and Marc Olivier Wahler (Curator and critic) met to discuss the participation of the galleries that have applied to take part in the upcoming edition of Contemporary Istanbul, which takes place from November 3-6, 2016.  

At the top of the meeting's agenda were the new additions to the fair which have already garnered considerable interest: CI Design which will be part of a synergy around design taking place in Istanbul when the city hosts the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial (22 October - 4 December, 2016) and Collectors’ Choice which will be co-curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler and Hasan Bülent Kahraman. Collectors’ Choice, which hosts around 50 prominent Turkish collectors and their collections at the fairground, was described as one of the most innovative aspects of this year’s fair. Another new initiative of Contemporary Istanbul, and an extension of Collectors’ Choice, CI Publications was also brought up by committee members as an effective means to offer both local and international readers a unique insight into the fascinating stories behind the collectors’ collections and selected artworks. 

CI & Aralık Foundation Organize Exhibition to Support School Project for Kilis' Children

In an effort to ease the devastation of war and migration for the Syrian children and other children who currently reside in Kilis, Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Derneği plan to build a primary school on a 5.484 m2 with 18 classes with the support of Ministry of National Education. The exhibition organized to help in creating financial input for the project will host 57 leading contemporary artists. The show can be visited on 12-13 May at The Sofa Hotel.
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In an effort to ease the devastation of war and migration for the Syrian refugees and all children who currently reside in Kilis, Contemporary Istanbul and Aralık Derneği plan to build a primary school on a 5.484 m2 with 18 classes with the support of Ministry of National Education. The exhibition organized to help in creating financial input for the project will host 57 leading contemporary artists. The show can be visited on 12-13 May at The Sofa Hotel.

The exhibition during which alll purchases of the exhibited works will be used for the financial support of the project will host artists; Ahmet Elhan, Ahmet Güneştekin, Alev Ermiş Mavitan, Ali Bilge Akkaya, Ali Elmacı, Ali Kotan, Ani Çelik Arevyan, Aras Seddigh, Ardan Özmenoğlu, Ayşegül Süter, Azade Köker, Bahadır Baruter, Bihrat Mavitan, Burcu Perçin, Burçak Bingöl, Burçin Başar, Cenk Akaltun, Candaş Şişman, Cenk Akaltun, Ebru Uygun, Ekrem Yalçındağ, Ela Cindoruk, Elvan Alpay, Emin Mete Erdoğan, Erkut Terliksiz, Erol Eskici, Guido Casaretto, Gülay Semercioğlu, Günnur Özsoy, Hale Tenger, İrfan Önürmen, İsmail Acar, Joana Kohen, Kemal Seyhan, Leyla Gediz, Melek Mazıcı, Meltem Işık, Mike Berg, Mithat Şen, Murat Germen, Murat Morova, Murat Palta, Murathan Özbek, Nazan Pak, Nejat Satı, Nermin Er, Nihat Kemankaşlı, Seçkin Pirim, Serdar Arat, Serkan Adın, Seda Hepsev, Şükran Moral, Tan Mavitan, Yağız Özgen and Yılmaz Aysan.

Please click here for a full list of artists contributing to the project and exhibited artworks.


CI Brings Together Prominent Figures from the Contemporary Art Scene in Zurich

On April 7, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner reception at the Zurich residence of Collectorspace Founder and Director Haro Cümbüşyan and Bilge Cümbüşyan which brought together collectors, art professionals and gallery owners from Switzerland and across Europe.
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On April 7, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner reception at the Zurich residence of Collectorspace Founder and Director Haro Cümbüşyan and Bilge Cümbüşyan which brought together collectors, art professionals and gallery owners from Switzerland and across Europe.

The dinner reception during which CI Founder and Chairman Ali Güreli announced that CI will enhance its international communication through various innovations this year welcomed Founding Director of Manifesta, Hedwig Fijen; Galerie Bob van Orsouw Director, Bob van Orsouw; Collectors, Umberto Erculiani and Kathy Erculiani; Collectors Marcus Adrian and Tony Ventura; Galerie Eva Presenhuber Director, Markus Rischgasser; S’ART AG Founder and Art Historian, Dr. Susanne Schrödter; CI Ambassador for Berlin, Thomas Falk; and CI Ambassador for Geneva, Catherine Chevron-Tiberghien. 

CI Artistic Director Marc-Olivier Wahler Appointed As the Director of Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Michigan State University recently announced that it has appointed Marc-Olivier Wahler as Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU (Broad MSU).

Wahler currently serves as Founding Director of the Chalet Society in Paris; Artistic Advisor for De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam and Contemporary Istanbul; and Founding Director of Transformer Sculpture Park, Melides, Portugal. He will assume his role at the Broad MSU on July 1, 2016.
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Michigan State University recently announced that it has appointed Marc-Olivier Wahler as Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU (Broad MSU).  

Wahler currently serves as Founding Director of the Chalet Society in Paris; Artistic Advisor for De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam and Contemporary Istanbul; and Founding Director of Transformer Sculpture Park, Melides, Portugal. He will assume his role at the Broad MSU on July 1, 2016. An internationally recognized curator, scholar, and museum professional, Wahler brings more than 20 years of experience to the Broad MSU. Throughout his career, Wahler has focused on contemporary art as a platform for building and strengthening communities and catalyzing interdisciplinary collaboration and exploration.  

Contemporary Istanbul Announces New Space Dedicated to Design

CI Design will form part of the 11th edition of the region’s leading art fair and its series of innovative programming, which takes place from 3-6 November 2016 at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). Directed by Susan McMurrain, the founding partner and design director of Mozaik, CI Design will offer exciting new opportunities for art collectors. Carefully selected international and Turkish galleries will feature a collection of exceptional works.
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CI Design will form part of the 11th edition of the region’s leading art fair and its series of innovative programming, which takes place from 3-6 November 2016 at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC). 

Directed by Susan McMurrain, the founding partner and design director of Mozaik, CI Design will offer exciting new opportunities for art collectors. Carefully selected international and Turkish galleries will feature a collection of exceptional works.

Susan McMurrain joins Contemporary Istanbul as the Director of CI Design 2016. McMurrain studied visual arts, art history and interior design at both Auburn University and the University of Cincinnati. She moved to Istanbul 25 years ago, co-founding Mozaik, which has become one of the leading design retailers in Europe. McMurrain was responsible for bringing some of the most important international names in design to Turkey, such as B&B Italia, Cassina, Boffi and Knoll. As design director at Mozaik, she created several other brands for the company, including a design concept store for children and the design of the company’s spectacular showrooms, which have received international recognition. 
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